THE DRUMS Share First Track “Body Chemistry” Off New Album
The Drums released the critically acclaimed “Abysmal Thoughts” in 2017, marking the band’s first release as a solo project from Jonny Pierce. Now, two years later, The Drums announces its tremendous, self-care focused fifth LP and a North American tour in support of the album. Quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band’s ten-year career, Brutalism, co-produced by Pierce, will be released on April 5th via ANTI-. Pre-order the album HERE, and get your tickets for the upcoming tour HERE. See below for album art, track listing and to find a show near you.
Alongside today’s album announcement, The Drums releases first single “Body Chemistry,” the first song that was written for Brutalism and for Pierce acts as a cornerstone, both sonically and lyrically, for the record. “For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression. To counter that, I was doing all I could do to try and make myself feel good: implementing all sorts of self-care, going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones” he explains. “I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression.
This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn’t always mean conquering.” Listen to “Body Chemistry” HERE.
Like Jonny Pierce, Brutalism is a bicoastal record – written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process. “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.” Pierce knew it was time to go to
On Brutalism, a lot is different. The album is defined by growth, transformation
It’s also the first Drums record with a live drummer. Delegating freed up Pierce’s time to produce a more specific vision.